View From The Top: Monetizing the The Next Wave of Esports

View From The Top: Monetizing the The Next Wave of Esports

Competitive gaming tournaments have been packing stadiums and drawing record viewers online for some time, and are increasingly becoming part of the network and cable television mix. What do the next few years look like for the growth of Esports programming in television broadcast? How are esports rights deals likely to evolve? What is the opportunity for shoulder and behind the scenes content? When will we see the first mainstream cross-over talent? What is the expected esports monetization mix in the years to come?

PANELISTS:
Chris Hopper, Head of Esports for North America, Riot Games
Jeff Liboon, Co-Founder and President, ESP Gaming
Andrew Paradise, CEO, Skillz
Josh Swartz: COO, Popdog
Kent Wakeford, Co-Founder & COO, Gen.G Esports, Co-Founder, Kabam Games
Moderator:  Felix LaHaye, Founder & CEO, United Esports

Games Creators & Influencers Roundtable

Join this panel of creators, influencers and industry representatives to discuss strategies, platforms, campaigns and more. What are the most effective strategies today for working with influencers and what are the metrics that determine success?

PANELISTS:
Lester Chen, Head of Gaming Content Partnerships Americas, YouTube
Javon Frazier, EVP, Strategy & Business Development, Studio71
Chrissie Scelsi, General Counsel, Wargaming (USA)
Mari “AtomicMari” Takahashi, Host and Producer, SMOSH Games
Moderator: Kimberly Culp, Director, Carr McClellan P.C.

Machine Learning and AI: Applications for Gaming and Entertainment

Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) applications are being tapped to allow for new experiences in games and entertainment. How are consumers reacting to new AI-powered experiences? What does the future hold for this exciting area of innovation?

PANELISTS
Jeff Patterson, Co-Founder and Head of Product, Directly
Joe Schaeppi, CEO, 12traits
Karl Zhao, VP of Engineering, Cloudminds
Moderator: Michael Marina, VP, Digital, Ayzenberg Group

Cloud Gaming

This panel will discuss the latest developments in cloud gaming.

PANELISTS:
Stan Kwon, Practice Lead and VP, Emerging Technology and Gaming, PSB Research
Chris Younger, President, Principal, Ayzenberg Group
Moderator: Gordon Bellamy, Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California

Hollywood & Games

This panel brings together a mix of companies and executives from the film and games industries to share ideas about relationship between games and the film industry and how to create new business opportunities at the intersection of these two exciting media industries.

PANELISTS:
Aaron Berndtson, Head of Business Development, FTX Games
Matt McMahon, SVP, Business Development, Seriously
Lee Rawles, Vice President, Electronic Arts
Kate Wolff, SVP, Client Services, RQ
Moderator:  David Bloom, Columnist, Tubefilter

The Games Business in China and APAC’s Emerging Markets

This panel will discuss China’s global dominance in gaming and the opportunity in APAC’s emerging markets.

PANELISTS:
Michael Cai, President, Interpret
John Hwang, VP Operations, Vespa USA
Jeonghee Jin, CEO, Pearl Abyss America
Bill Wang, CEO, Giant Games
Moderator: Josh Burns, Founder, DigitalDevConnect

Esports: The Opportunity for Brands, Agencies and Marketers

The panel will discuss the best of brand activations of esports teams, leagues, competitive gamers and streamers and the rapidly growing and evolving market for eSports.

PANELISTS:
Rishi Chanda, Head of Gaming Content Partnerships, Twitter
Matt Edelman, Chief Commercial Officer, Super League Gaming
Seth Ladetsky, Senior Vice President/Sales, Turner Sports /ELEAGUE
Nicole Pike, Managing Director, Nielsen Esports
Dennis Yi, Head of Business Development, OGN Esports
Moderator: Minard Hamilton, Managing Partner, Driver Ventures

View From The Top: Games & Entertainment Industry Deal-makers Roundtable

This panel of leading game and entertainment executives will discuss the future of the game business as it continues to grow and reach new heights. What kind of deals are being done today?  How is the business changing as more entertainment brands and talent are getting involved in the business? What does media consolidation mean for the business? What does the future hold?

PANELISTS: 
Derek Douglas, Head of Video Games Department, Creative Artists Agency
Javier Ferreira, Co-CEO, Scopely
Jon Goldman, Managing Partner, Skybound / Venture Partner, Greycroft
Chris Heatherly, EVP of Games & Digital Platforms, NBCUniversal
Delilah Panio, VP, Capital Formation, Toronto Stock Exchange
Moderator: Ned Sherman, Partner & Leader, Digital & Technology Transactions, Manatt